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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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57 reader reviews for BMW 5 Series Saloon.
  • 523i SE 4dr

    Richard Osborne Date: 18/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car new in 1998. It now has 150k on the clock and it looks great for it's age and mileage.

    I have recently fitted new shock absorbers, springs, front wheel bearings, upper and lower front control arms, track rods, link arms and bushes, rear link arms and anti roll bar bushes. Now it drives as good as new.

    Air conditioning has gone on the blink, which I am currently investigating. I reckon it is one of the relays or the dual temp switch that is faulty as I have tested the condeser fan and it is ok. OBD tells me that it is aux fan relay that is faulty.

    I like this car because it is very smooth to drive and very little noise inside the car when cruising on the motorway.

    The only problem I have is with the steptronic gearbox as occasionally it refuses to change up and jerks when it does. For some reason this seems to be more obvious when driving in the rain.

    I had a new gearbox fited under warranty when the car was only 2 years old as the dealer could not find what the fault was. It still does it.

    I am told by the mechanic to do a battery reset by removing the battey leads from the battery join the leads together and reconnect to the battery after 15 mins. This resets the memories inc the adaptive driving memory that the gearbox has and should clear any jerks or niggly gear changing problems.

  • 530d Sport 4dr

    Mark Kernohan Date: 13/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I installed a superchip, better fuel economy and 20-25% more power. Mine is automatic and power is somethin it doesnt lack. Driving this car fast you are faster than you think. I was accelerating and the car stopped pulling, I immediately eased off thinking something was wrong, glanced down to look for warning lights and the clock was full, electronically restricted to 155mph I felt it stop pulling. Mine is automatic and only changes into 5th gear at 120mph. An awesome car with more extras than coronation street. Only problem is warping brake discs, obviosuly a heavy car to stop however braking is never a problem. Dynamic stability control assists with braking strength and will apply to 1 side to avoid over and understeer. An ingenious piece of engineering.

  • 520i 2.0 SE 4dr

    Kieran Wood , Fife . Date: 09/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Since December 2006 I have owned a 2000 520ise with 80k on the clock. The car's now done 95k and still drives like a new car.

    Since purchase I have had no problems- had a full inspection 2 service (only costing £160 from a national garage) and the only things that needed done are the rear supension bushes which cost £60 from BMW and 3 hours labour from a local garage £150.

    I've upgraded it with angel eye head lights, rear new style lights and a private plate- looks like a 2003 model and sounds like one to thanks to the smoothest engine I have ever heard.

    I'm 23 and my insurance costs £400 per year- it's cheaper to insure than the 3 Series, is nicer and gets more credibility.

    Yeah it only struggles to get 30 MPG, but what you sacrifice in economy the car pays you back in reliability, image and comfort.

    I paid £20,000 under the original list price. In 7 years depreciation is high but it has now steadied.

    Love it!

  • 530d SE 4dr

    Paul Chable , Essex . Date: 03/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought a 5 year old 530d with 97k miles on it and sold it 2 years later with 130k miles. Issues I had were: 1) Front pads - and discs had 2be replaced aswell 2) The under car rubber engine cover fell off. 3) The rear door handle came off in my hand 4) The rear wiperstuck and corroded 5) ABS sensor was replaced after ABS warming light came on 6) 6months later another ABS sensor was replaced 7) Another few months and another ABS sensor. Finally I was told by Bennetts BMW Specialist that I needed a GBP1000 plus spent on the device that drives the ABS sensors so I traded the car in.

    Drives very compfortably and achieved 40mpg to Scotland and back and 36mpg in total on the trip computer. Was a shame about the ABS sensors as this ruined my experience as the car was in the garage frequently trying to resolve and replace these.

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